[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] "Lutheran vs. Reformed Lutheran"
otto at schienke.com
Mon Feb 2 20:56:56 PST 2009
Good evening Everyone,
(the following can all be wikipedia reviewed)
One must remember it is not about names applied to a religious
construct that make it 'different', but the beliefs held, a dogma,
Almost all of the parish records reviewed of colonists are referred to
as Evangelische Augsburgische (Kirche), i.e. Evangelical Lutheran
Church following the Augsburg Confession. (this is with exception
where they registered in Catholic parishes as protestant, registering
in obedience to the law)
Evangelische Augsburgische Kirche is the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
'Augsburgische' defining it as the Lutheran Augsburg Confession of
Faith of 1530 c.e.
The Augsburg Confession, presented to rulers 25th of June 1530. (latin—
The Augsburg Confession is simply a statement of belief by the
followers of Luther who came to be called 'Lutheran'.
They contain 28 Articles, a statement of Lutheran Belief, established
belief or doctrine called Dogma.
The Lutheran Church follows the 'Unaltered' Augsburg Confession.
The term 'reformed' refers to a change of dogma or confession of belief.
In 1540, a revised edition 'Variata' was produced by Phillip
Melanchthon (a friend of Luther) and signed by John Calvin.
It altered Luther's beliefs on 'sacramental union (unio sacramentalis/
This is the reason many church books name the 'Unaltered Augburg
Later in time regarding 'reform' (of belief) question came up
regarding Calvin's concept of 'predestination'.
(in contrast with the 28 Articles, article 18., the freedom of will) A
move to make it more palatable with Calvinists.
'Reformed' Lutheran, refers to Lutherans with a belief structure that
has been 'altered' from the original Augsburg Confession.
The term, "Reformed", applies to any Protestant Church Parish that has
'altered' its own original belief structure.
The Catholic priest, Martin Luther, did so, hence the 'Reformation'.
This brings about dissention among specific groups of similar people
because a social group and culture builds around a chosen belief
structure, giving one reason to see different beliefs as "other", yet
they are all of the human family. Freedom of choice is probably the
For a Lutheran to become a Baptist was not to 'reform' their belief.
It was simply choosing a 'different' Protestant Christian belief
. . . Otto
" The Zen moment..." wk. of January 04, 2009-
"The future. . . . always catches up."
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